I mentioned in this post that I was starting a new organizing/cleaning schedule regimen thing.
The main goal of this list was to provide me with a realistic, manageable monthly to-do list that both kept me on track for basic things like meal planning and cleaning our bathroom as well as motivated me to get organized and stay organized… oh, and worked with Will and I’s crazy, hectic schedule.
February was actually a great month to start this, as it was a super busy month for me and I didn’t have the weekends to catch up on to-do’s (I threw a bridal shower on the 6th, a bachelorette party on the 27-28, spent one weekend in Dallas, and had friends come stay with us). I always assume the next month will be less busy, but it never seems to work that way, so it was good to just drive right in trying to be organized amidst the crazy!
Now that I am one month in, I have learned a few things about myself:
1. I really need lists and structure to get anything done.
2. Just because it’s on a list doesn’t mean it’s going to get done.
3. I love checking things off of lists.
Here is the original list:
What Worked Well:
- I have ‘all things, all at once’ syndrome, as in “I want to re-organize our WHOLE HOUSE RIGHT NOW and I will not be satisfied until it’s all done.” This is decidedly unrealistic for me, what with working full time and having a pretty jam-packed schedule between church, family, friends, marriage, and watching Friday Night Lights. The break up of tasks by timeline was fantastic for making the hazy, anxiety producing cloud of to-do’s floating around in my head more manageable.
- The Sunday tasks. I had no problem getting those done each week.
- Location: I taped this list up on the cabinet in my bathroom so I would see it constantly- it was a pretty little daily reminder that I was still getting things done even if that day/hour/morning felt insane and like my life was in shambles.
What Didn’t Work:
- I fell pretty short in the “Once a Week” category. I know our apartment was swiffered/swept/dusted/vacuumed/cleaned at least once this month because we had friends come stay with us… but if it happened more than once, I didn’t check the box and I definitely don’t remember.
- Some stuff just didn’t get done. I am still hopeful that I will someday vacuum out/clean my car, but I just may need to resign myself to the fact that may never happen.
After considerable tweaks, I came up with this:
- I removed ‘Monthly Goals’ entirely as I write these in my planner and check them off there. Instead, I gave myself a ‘Monthly Organizing Focus/Goal’ category. For February, it will be our nightstands. This will (hopefully) hone my organizing chi to focus on one specific area of my life.
- I decided to make a ‘Bi-Weekly’ category (I had to look up the definition of bi-weekly as I can never remember if that means every two weeks or twice a week. Turns out it means both, which is super unhelpful-I mean twice a month for this list’s purposes).
- I moved “Wash Makeup Brushes” from once a week to bi-weekly. Because, realism.
- I added ‘Change Pillowcases’ and ‘Meal Plan’ to my weekly tasks, and ‘Change Contacts’ to bi-weekly. My current method of knowing when to change my 2 week contacts is ‘when I drop one on the floor or it rips.’ Who knows how long I wear those things.
- My mom suggested adding a date to the ‘Every Month’ tasks, so I did that for time sensitive tasks such as ‘Washing Sheets.’
- I upgraded ‘Maybe Vacuum??’ on the weekly tasks to ‘Vacuum.’ This is going to be Will’s weekly chore, so we’ll see how he does!
- I added a ‘Fridays’ category, as I’ve been meal planning and making my grocery list at work on Friday afternoons when things are slow. This gives me some flexibility in when we go to the store, and means that I don’t have to wake up Saturday morning and throw together a rushed meal plan because the only time we can make it to the store is in 30 minutes.
Stay tuned to see how Month 2 goes!